Incident Summary:

05/01/2013: Children at the Sultan Razia High School fell sick after smelling a gas in their classroom in Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan. Doctors reported that approximately 20 school girls became ill as a result of the possible poisoning. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Sultan Razia High School
Specific Description Female Students
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
A gas was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that the children may have become sick from gas in the air, from something they drank, or that it may have been a false alarm. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghan Schoolgirls Hospitalized After Suspected Poisoning," Radio Free Europe, May 1, 2013.
"Program Summary: Khost Radio Khost Pashto 1530 GMT 1 May 13," Radio Khost, May 1, 2013.